We want to develop the next generation of leaders. That is why Fresenius Kabi has a Center of Expertise for Talent, Leadership, and Organizational Development (CoE TLO) that includes the topics of talent acquisition, employer branding, diversity, equity, and inclusion. The CoE TLO aims to further develop talent acquisition, personnel and organizational development, and talent management. Furthermore, it aims to strengthen a company-wide learning culture and corresponding structures and offers for promoting talent.
Our Commitment to Our Employees – Embracing Personal Development, Diversity, Inclusion, and Equal Opportunity
Fresenius Kabi’s employees help our company stand out, which is why in return we ensure that they can reach their full potential in a high-performance environment of a leading global healthcare company.
The passion and commitment of our employees are major strengths of Fresenius Kabi – their dedication has ensured the success of our company in the past. This is exceptional and will play a decisive role in the future as well. We want to advance our company culture together, meaning how we work together, what values we stand for, and how we make decisions.
Fresenius Kabi has global, regional, and local structures for training and developing employees. Employees are further qualified according to their functions and tasks. Mandatory global training programs for employees are carried out internally.
For training of employees in production on quality management, an average of almost 29 hours was spent per employee in 2022. The quality management training for employees from previous years were updated and additionally supplemented by quality trainings for new employees. In addition to mandatory trainings, the KPI includes targeted trainings on communication and social skills for quality experts.
Fresenius Kabi emphasizes equal opportunities for all employees in daily work as well as in recruiting, application, and development processes. Numerous projects are placed in an intercultural environment. In many areas of our company, transnational teams are working on solutions to the manifold challenges in the healthcare sector. Also, the CoE TLO is tasked with anchoring diversity and inclusion in the organization and supporting the regional and divisional human resources functions in their activities with a global framework.
Fresenius Kabi attaches great importance to dialogue with employees across hierarchical levels. For the second time, Fresenius Kabi conducted the second global employee survey in 2022, which was completed with a participation rate of around 70%, comparable to the survey in 2021. Furthermore, compared to the survey in 2021, we were able to improve in one category and are at or above the pharmaceutical industry benchmark.
Fresenius Kabi conducted further regional employee surveys. The 2021 employee survey in Switzerland revealed a sustained high level of overall employee satisfaction. Three key topics could be derived as goals from the survey results. In collaboration with the HR department, concrete goals were developed and implemented for these three areas.
The employee survey 2021 in the United Kingdom showed a good level of engagement. The results were shared with the employees and used to develop action plans and implement measures. Notably, the frequency of employee communication was increased through more Town Hall and departmental meetings. Further an interaction app-based communication to manage news and feedback was introduced and the Employee Engagement Forum, which manages regular discussions with a cross-section of employees, HR and managers to discuss important issues, was launched.
Fresenius Kabi’s main concern is its employees’ safety at their workplace. The aim is to prevent all work-related accidents. To achieve this goal, we are developing appropriate occupational health and safety programs and measures with local managers.
Fresenius Kabi documents all accidents that lead to lost working time – worldwide and for all employees, including temporary workers. All reported cases are categorized according to their impact on an employee’s health.
We have also introduced a management system ISO 45001 to support our occupational health and safety management. The management handbook and standard operating procedures provide global management requirements for the certified organization’s local occupational health and safety management. The implementation of the management system is ensured by internal global audits. The global management system is audited on an annual basis and certified by TÜV Rheinland. The management system covers all employees as well as temporary workers at certified sites.
Currently, 34 manufacturing plants of Fresenius Kabi are certified according to the standard ISO 450011. The company is working on rolling out the ISO 45001 certification globally to all manufacturing plants by 20232. In 2022, the coverage was 67%.
Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate
Fresenius Kabi calculates the lost time injury frequency rate (LTIFR)3 from the data it collects and uses it as an indicator for occupational health and safety; the LTIFR increased to 2.9 in 2022 due to a higher number of minor lost-time cases compared to the previous year. Even though the number of lost-time cases has increased, no serious injuries have been reported.
1 The standard OHSAS 18001 has been replaced by the international standard ISO 45001. The business segment concluded the transition in 2021.
2 The implementation will be concluded at all manufacturing plants of Fresenius Kabi in 2023. The certification issuance from the individual certification companies may extend into the following year.
3 LTIFR: Number of work-related accidents resulting in at least one day of absence from work in relation to 1,000,000 working hours.
Please find our occupational health and safety system certificate on our Certificates and Downloads page. We welcome any questions on our ISO 45001 policy at EHSpolicies@fresenius-kabi.com.